SIAs Wave 3: the Hub gets involved

SIA Wave 3 Announcement

The Smart Specialisation Hub has been involved in a number of the successful Wave 3 Science and Innovation Audits (SIAs), announced last week by the Universities and Science Minister, Jo Johnson.

The next wave rolls in

The twelve consortia that will be part of the 3rd wave of the Science and Innovation Audits are:

  • Cyber Resilience Alliance (led by Worcestershire LEP with support from The Marches, Gloucestershire and Swindon and Wiltshire LEPs)
  • Maximising the Marine Economy of the Highlands & Islands (Led by Highlands and Islands Enterprise)
  • North West Nuclear Arc Consortium (led by Bangor University with support from Welsh Government and North West England LEPs)
  • North West Coastal Arc Eco-Innovation Partnership (led by Lancaster University with support from North West England LEPs and the Welsh Government)
  • Northern Powerhouse Chemicals & Processing Science (led by Tees Valley Combined Authority with support from North East, Humberside, and Liverpool City Region LEPs)
  • Northern Powerhouse in Health Research (led by Northern Health Science Alliance and includes LEPs, universities and teaching hospitals from across the Northern Powerhouse)
  • The South Wales Crucible (led by Swansea University)
  • Upstream Space (led by UKSA/Scottish Enterprise comprising Scotland; Leicester; Belfast and a corridor between Cambridge and Portsmouth)
  • Precision Medicine Innovation in Scotland (led by the University of Glasgow)
  • Applied Digital Technologies (led by North East LEP)
  • Sustainable Airports (led by Brunel University, looking at Heathrow)
  • The Knowledge Quarter, London

The Hub has provided support to four of the twelve successful applications: The Knowledge Quarter in London, Sustainable Airports,the North East LEP and Glasgow; we will be joining the steering group for three of these Audits. We look forward to providing updates when they are available. We now stand ready to support the whole Wave 3 programme as they seek to bring their Audits to life, through the application of analysis, sharing of best practice and national insight.

The announcement comes after the reports for Wave 2 were published last month. The Smart Specialisation Hub has also been involved in a number of these Audits, including the Medical Technologies project in Leeds City Region, and Bioeconomy of the North of England.

The importance of the SIAs

Emphasising the value of greater collaboration to further innovation, Jo Johnson confirmed these 12 regions that will undertake a Science and Innovation Audit (SIA) to map their local research, innovation, and infrastructure strengths.

Mr Johnson said:

“Science, Research and Innovation are central to our industrial strategy and will be critical to the UK economy in the future – it improves our productivity, the economy and helps people prosper across the country.”

Now in its third wave, the SIA process has already brought together businesses, universities, Local Enterprise Partnerships and the Devolved Administration equivalents to identify the opportunities for inward investment and regional growth.

Get in touch

If you would like more information on the Hub’s support for the newly-announced SIAs, or information on how we can provide support for other growth and innovation projects, please get in touch.


Parts of this blog post have been adapted from posts published on GOV.UK

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Kim is the Digital Communications Officer for the Smart Specialisation Hub.

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